Promoter Eddie Hearn says Canelo Alvarez likes the thought of combating WBA super-middleweight champion Callum Smith later this yr

THROUGH no fault of their very own, the race between British world champions Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders to land a battle towards Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has been an exhausting one.

Each had been inching in direction of it final yr, and at first of this yr, with Saunders, the WBO super-middleweight champion, lastly believing he landed a Might 2 date solely to see it scuppered by the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, with behind-closed-doors boxing offering much-needed
momentum to a sport successfully useless for 4 months, there’s renewed hope
that Alvarez’s subsequent battle is likely to be towards a British world champion. This implies
Saunders and Smith will each as soon as once more be edging in direction of the entrance of a protracted
queue, keen for his or her raised fingers to be seen, and it additionally means Eddie Hearn,
the pair’s promoter, will once more open negotiations with the Mexican celebrity’s
workforce.

At this level, with Smith staying quiet through the pandemic and Saunders making mistake after mistake, Hearn believes Canelo’s choice is the WBA super-middleweight champion from Liverpool.

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“I feel that Canelo likes the Callum Smith battle as a result of
he’s the ‘Tremendous’ champion and he’s additionally The Ring journal champion, he
is on paper the primary tremendous middleweight within the division,” Hearn informed talkSPORT.

“I feel September 12 appears to be like unlikely and I feel it has executed
for some time now, however all these guys – as you do while you battle Canelo, as you
do while you battle Anthony Joshua – you anticipate the golden ticket.

“It’s the shot of a lifetime towards a real nice and Callum
Smith is correct within the combine, as is John Ryder, as is Demetrious Andrade, as is
Dmitry Bivol and a whole lot of our U.S. guys as nicely.

“I get the sensation that Canelo want to battle Callum
Smith and it could be an honour for him to share the ring with him.”

By the point both of them will get the chance there’s each likelihood they are going to be torn between desirous to punch the Mexican within the face and desirous to bow down at his ft. It has, for each Smith and Saunders, been one hell of a wait.

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